Some students may already be working in the job they plan to continue with after high school graduation. While others are just ready to start looking for that first job. Whether you are already employed or not, looking for a part-time job or a full-time job, you can benefit by being knowledgeable of valuable job search skills and resources.The Worker's Permit (requirements for teen employees):Students at least 14 years old and under the age of 18 may be required to obtain an employment certificate, more commonly known as the Workers Permit before they can become employed. Specific requirements must be met in order for the employment certificate to be valid. Students who need an employment certificate can request an application at the high school office. The application must be completed and signed by a parent, the students physician, and the prospective employer. Once completed and submitted, it is signed by a high school principal and then issued to the student. Workers permits can not be issued until all required parts have been completed. Please plan ahead for all necessary parties to have time to complete their section.UPDATE Effective 01/22/2013 In October of 2012, Gov. Corbett signed Act 151 into effect. This act has modified Pennsylvania's Child Labor Law dramatically. To learn more about these changes and how they impact student workers, please visit:
Developing your job search skills is one of the many areas where your school counselors can help you too! Make an appointment to have your employment application reviewed and get some tips on how to best present yourself to the employer before, during and after the interview. If you are looking for additional resources check out the Vocational Information Center at http://www.khake.com/page95.html - you'll also find some helpful job search checklists to use. Scroll to the bottom right of the website to locate the job search skills section. Another helpful site is http://careeronestop.org/.
- Register at a local
. Ask for facts about job opportunities available in your field of interest. In Pennsylvania Career Link Center , contact: Bedford County - 623-6107 http://www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us/ Bedford County Career Link Center
- Remember to network. Talk with relatives, friends, and neighbors for information about possible jobs. Talk to people who are presently connected or working in the field you wish to enter.
- Read the classified section of the newspaper for job openings in the Help Wanted section.
- Use the yellow pages in the telephone book to identify the names, addresses and telephone numbers of local businesses you can contact for work. If you are searching for employment outside our area, the library will have telephone books from other places for you to look through.
- Check with private employment agencies for possible job opportunities. A fee is usually charged for the service. Be sure to understand their terms before signing on as a client.
- The internet offers numerous job search sites. Locate potential jobs by checking the direct website of the company or business you are interested in or by looking at a website designated for job searches.
- Use appropriate telephone skills.
- Complete a neat application and answer all questions.
- A one-page typed resume that lists your education background and work experience and skills. Sell yourself! They want to know how you can benefit them, not how they can benefit you.
- Practice for the interview. Review the steps that can make for a successful interview. Remember to offer a firm handshake when introducing yourself and make eye contact with the interviewer. Anticipate possible questions. Make a list of questions you would like to ask the interviewer about the business and job requirements. Always thank the interviewer and if interested ask for the job!
- Send a thank you note to the interviewer (whether or not you get the job).
- Always, follow-up a job offer with a written reply.
Smile and be confident. The right job is out there for you!